BJP sounds poll bugle, announces party's roadmap for 2017 UP polls

News Agencies | First published: 17 October 2016, 15:49 IST
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Sounding the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) poll bugle for the crucial Uttar Pradesh (UP) elections, the saffron party would be holding eight rallies in the next two months beginning with Mahoba on 24 October.

The BJP will kick-start its poll campaign with Parivartan Yatras, which will start from four corners of the state and culminate in a mega rally in Lucknow on 25 December, which is former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday.

In November and December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be addressing six rallies.

BJP president Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, veteran Kalraj Mishra and state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya will flag off the four yatras.

The first rally will start from Saharanpur on 5 November, the second from Lalitpur on 6 November, the third from Ballia on 8 November, while the fourth will start from Sonbhadra on 9 November.

The four yatras will pass through every district of Uttar Pradesh during those 50 days.

The BJP has set a target of 265-plus seats for itself in the 403-member state assembly.